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Anna is Anta – La Reina Remains the Queen
March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$25
A sneak peak at Choreography from “Anna is Anta – La Reina Remains the Queen” peppered with Discussions on Anna Kingsley’s Story
ÒAnna is Anta – La Reina Remains the Queen” is a dance drama that explores the remarkable history of Anna Kingsley born in 1793 as Anta Madjigune Ndiaye in what is present day Senegal. Captured at 13 and sent to Cuba to be sold into slavery.
Anta was purchased by Zephaniah Kingsley, who married her in an African ceremony in Cuba and bore children with her. Different from the lives of most people in similar conditions in that era, Anna managed a highly profitable plantation for its time, maintained a quality of life at the plantation for Africans, Natives and Indentured Whites that surpassed all other plantations.
Anna fended off attacks by the Patriots in 1812 and evaded the racial laws of the United States by moving her family and 70 enslaved Africans to recently independent Hayti. She moved back to the US and reclaimed her land after her husband’s death.
Join Siren – Protectors of the Rainforest as we explore the life of this extraordinary princess who refused to let circumstances define her destiny.
The evening will be peppered with
– Original Drum Rhythms from rising popstar Nkumu Katalay
– Choreography from Senegalese Master Bakary Fall, Orisha Dancer Tony Yemaya and Dancer Extraordinaire Mafor Mambo Tse
– Exhibition & Discussion is facilitated by HumanitiesNY with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Light refreshment will be served after the event.